There has always been a fascination with immigrant stories — not about those who steal across any borders, but about those who come here to live the American dream and to immerse themselves into society, obeying the laws and giving back to their communities.
Herald Guest Columnist looks back on the remarkable life and career of former UGA great Willie Fowler, who died of Alzheimer's last week.
A comforting respite on a weekend while visiting old friends, who live by the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, was again a reminder that in this state, there generally is a pleasant and alluring environment wherever you pause — there’s good living to be found everywhere.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia Tech star Matt Kuchar's recent win at TPC Sawgrass.
HELEN - Jimmy Harris, the gentleman proprietor of Unicoi Outfitters, didn’t have to extend his invitation but once: “Why don’t you come up for lunch and spend an afternoon on the Chattahoochee?”
NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C. - The spacious home of Tim and Natalie Nixon overlooks the Savannah River. Out on the water, where once there were barges that floated cotton down to Savannah, there are now recreational and fishing boats.
SWAINSBORO — Growing up in Wrightsville my first memory of Swainsboro, 26 miles away, was a bus trip over to the Pine Tree Festival in the mid-fifties. It was nice to experience a parade with an opportunity to observe displays and booths of all types. Not really anything to write home about, however.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the life and career of UGA great Charley Trippi, who was honored last week.
AIKEN, S. C. - Last week during the Masters, I had the good fortune of spending time in Aiken, the laid-back Southern town with an interesting past.
Herald Guest Columnist and longtime University of Georgia supporter Loran Smith looks back on the Bulldogs’ own Bubba Watson capturing the Masters on Sunday at Augusta.
In case you haven't heard, I did not win the lottery.
Loran Smith writes about the brutal third round of the Masters
Loran Smith is at the Masters all week, and on Wednesday he writes about longtime legend Arnold Palmer.
Loran Smith writes about the rare beauty and majesty of the Masters.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Cardinal pitcher Jake Westbrook, a native of Ila, Ga., who was instrumental in St. Louis' World Series title last season.
Little boys play baseball when it is fun for everybody. While immature exuberance often goes over the top with some parents, the most fun for the little guys comes when the game is over, nobody is bent out of shape with regard to who wins or who loses, and there is pizza and ice cream for everybody.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith offers his tribute to the life and career of the dean of Georgia sports writers, Furman Bisher, who died last Sunday at the age of 93.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton and his journey to 300-plus wins and 3,500-plus strikeouts.
Spring likely will have sprung in Thomasville by the time this reaches print — if not in full bloom, enough so that the planting of crops, the flowering of plants and shrubs, and emergence of balmy conditions will signal that the growing season has begun in this gem of a south Georgia community.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at Saturday's huge confidence-building win for the Bulldogs over the Gators, which may have signified big things for the future of the struggling program.
Serendipity is when you get a surprise package at your front door that links you to your past. That happened a few days ago, when a box of pear relish showed up at our address — six mouth-watering jars of a side dish I learned to appreciate to the fullest, growing up on a farm where the highlight of the day was a filling meal.
DESOTO — On a cold day — not biting, but just right for quail hunting — the hospitality of the hosts warmed the atmosphere considerably.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Georgia's perceived easy football schedule next season.
A long flight or time spent driving to a destination, deep in an adjoining state, allows time to reflect and reminisce.
Herald Guest Columnis Loran Smith takes a look at Ravens coach John Harbaugh as Baltimore gets set to duel with the Texans in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs Sunday, which could set up a rematch against his brother Jim, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, in the Super Bowl.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on some of the other cases in college football history where teams failed to win a rematch after winning the first meeting after Alabama demolished LSU, 21-0, in Monday's BCS National Championship game.
Ol’ timers here can remember when Newnan was 30 miles from Atlanta — a nice drive up through croplands and pastures to a city on the move.
SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the forties when it had its beginnings.
Loran Smith remembers some of Georgia's best bowl moments.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith is glad that former UGA star Jake Scott got into the College Football Hall of Fame, but says there are plenty of other Bulldogs stars in multiple sports who still deserve recognition.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about how successful Georgia coach Mark Richt has been this season.
Julie Moran, Thomasville native and Georgia graduate, lives in the Hollywood environment but has an unconventional approach to working in the television industry.
Blue Ridge is the county seat of Fannin, where more and more visitors enjoy hanging out.
LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Unlikely to be a star upon first glance, freshman Bennett emerges as big-play WR for Georgia
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith talks a closer look at Bulldogs freshman WR Michael Bennett, who has emerged as a big-play threat for Georgia this year.
The notion of higher education always brings about feelings of sentimental warmth. When you walk a college campus and absorb the atmosphere and environment, you find yourself thinking aloud, if you are anything like this campus collector, “I would like to have enrolled here.”
For many of us the fall season begins as soon as we can wear long sleeves in the early morning hours, sometime after Labor Day, and lasts through Thanksgiving.
Out on West Wesley on Atlanta’s north side, inactivity at the homestead of Herb and Lisa Short is as unwelcomed as the plague.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the one-sided history between Georgia and Vanderbilt in advance of this weekend's latest showdown.
A quick trip to Thomasville, this most hospitable of communities, allowed for a visit with friends, which brought about recall of a different day and a treasured friendship.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes about sports families, such as the Harbaughs and the Mannings.
One weekend morning as the temperatures suddenly made long sleeves preferred, I saw a young mother with her son and his dog taking a walk up a neighborhood street.
Any English teacher will tell you that good grammar comes from practicing good grammar.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes that the hiring of Greg McGarity as the new Georgia athletic director was a phenomenal decision.
Loran Smith writes about a long lost sack leader for the Dogs, who came from Greece.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith remembers Ernie Johnson Sr., a legendary baseball broadcaster from Atlanta who recently passed away.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith says that other pro sports leagues have lost big stars and been just fine, and if Tiger Woods never returns to form on the PGA Tour, the Tour will survive -- and continue to flourish -- as well.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who will be posted up at the Atlanta Athletic Club all this week for the 2011 PGA Championship, takes a look at the Americans' drought in majors coming into the final one of the year.
Coming to Paris offers unparalleled emotional and spirit-enhanced stimulation.
Loran Smith wraps up the final day at the British Open
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith is in Sandwich, England, this week for the 140th British Open, and will be filing stories through the end of the tournament.